Lawrence Peregrines: male on rooftop!

November 15, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i6788-001After spotting the juvenile Bald Eagle, made a pass by the ayer Mill Clock Tower for a possible look at the Lawrence Peregrines.  Discovered by male and female perched near the nest box.  The male peregrine was perched on a west facing rooftop edge on the main building above the entrance at 200 Merrimack Street.  The unbanded female was on an upper ledge and then flew off and landed on one of the struts on the weathervane.  All under overcast skies!

Bald Eagle juvenile: Merrimack River

November 15, 2016 in Bald Eagle

_w7i6706-001Had a very nice treat while scanning the shores of the Merrimack River on Tuesday morning under overcast skies.
Spotted a perched juvenile Bald Eagle on the Lawrence side of the river. A likely first year juvenile!

Peregrine Falcon: Woburn male

November 14, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i6657-001Had time for a brief visit this morning to look for peregrine falcons in Woburn under clear skies, bright sun, winds from SW about 13 MPH and temps inching towards low 50’s.  The male was seen perched on the nest ledge with no signs of the new female.

Lawrence Peregrines: male perched atop!

November 8, 2016 in On the Clock Tower

_w7i6572-001Arrived at Clock Tower in Lawrence this morning and searched all over for the peregrines, only to find the male perched atop the bulb at the tippy top of the weathervane. The Ayer Mill Clock Tower is the world’s largest mill clock. Its four big glass faces are only 6 inches smaller than Big Ben in London. It is the most treasured icon of Lawrence, MA and reaches a height of 267 feet.  This clock tower’s four dials, lit by 125 bulbs on each face, and a 6,000-pound bell make it a well known landmark in the extended Merrimack Valley!

Peregrine Falcons: Woburn

November 8, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i6486-001Stopped by this morning for a look at the Woburn Peregrines just after 8:30 AM.  Had nice looks at both the male and female enjoying the bright sunny skies.  The wind was blowing over 10 MPH and temps were climbing into high 40’s.  The male was etched in the nest ledge and the new female was below and to the west on a rocky outcropping!

Peregrines Woburn: perching in sun!

November 7, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i6099-001Made a short visit to observe the Peregrine Falcons in Woburn with beautiful bright sun and clear blue skies.  Upon arrival, found well know bird photographer and celebrity author, John “GARP” Harrison on location and taking terrific photos of the peregrines!  The new female was perched in the now dormant Common Raven nest.  She seemed to not have a care int he world and remained perched for quite a while with the male nearby in the nest ledge.  The male looked down quite a few times but remained in the nest ledge preening and soaking in the bright morning sun!


Peregrine Woburn: perched female!

November 6, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i5685-001Under overcast skies and cool temps, made a visit to observe the Peregrines in Woburn.  Upon arrival, found the male quietly perched in the nest ledge.  After poking around a bit longer, discovered the new female perched atop one of the nearby utility poles providing nice looks in not so great lighting….but great looks up close!



Peregrine: Woburn: new kid with prey!

November 3, 2016 in Peregrine Falcon Woburn

_w7i4789-001Under overcast skies and temps pushing towards high 50’s, made a short visit to observe the Woburn Peregrines.  Upon arrival found an adult on one of the utility poles in the SW corner of the main parking lot.  It had captured prey and was enjoying a mid-morning feast.  It appeared to be the new kid with the same buff coloring and dot pattern on its underparts!


For those with an interest, 6 photos:                                             Click “next” in upper right to advance frames

Lawrence Peregrines: female at sunset!

November 1, 2016 in On the Clock Tower

_w7i4326-001At this time of year, just before we hit Daylight Savings Time, it remains a nice treat to be able to make ashore visit late afternoon for a look at the peregrines, especially at the end of a sunny day with that last hour golden sunlight.  This photo was taken with about 20 minutes until sunset as the unbanded female struck a relaxed pose on the Clock Tower.  She was perched on a ledge below the clock face and on the NW corner of the building just above the next box!

Lawrence Peregrines: another liftoff next day!

November 1, 2016 in Near the Clock Tower

_w7i4294-001Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, another stunning morning with blues skies and bright sun, same thing; approached the new Balance building complex in search of peregrines, and located the male again (6/4), this time perched at the far west end of the west wing of the complex, and perched on the SW rooftop of the building.  Again, a little bit of patience, and then the joy of observing and photo documenting another grace-filled liftoff…..always a treat to watch!

For those with an interest, a few more liftoff photos:              Click “next” in upper right to advance frames!